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PRIMARY SOURCES

ON COPYRIGHT

(1450-1900)

Ottaviano Petrucci's Music Patent, Venice (1498)

Source: scanned from the manuscript held in the Venetian State Archives: ASV, NC, reg. 14, fol. 170r.

Citation:
Ottaviano Petrucci's Music Patent, Venice (1498), Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900), eds L. Bently & M. Kretschmer, www.copyrighthistory.org

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Serenissimo Principe, et illustrissima Signoria siando fama celebrattissima nostra serenità cum sue concessioni et priuilegii
            inuitare, et excitare li inzegni ad excogitare ogni di noue inuentioni qual habiano essere
            a commodita, et ornamento publico da questa inuitado Octauiano de i Petruci da Fosom-
            bron habitator in questa inclyta cita homo ingeniosissimo Cum molte sue spexe, et
            uigilantissima cura ha trouato quello, che molti non solo in Italia, ma etiando de fuora
            de Italia za longamente indarno hanno investigato che e stampare commodissimamente
            canto figurado: Et per consequens molto più facilmente canto fermo: cossa precipue á la
            Religion Christiana de grande ornamento, et maxime necessaria: pertanto el soprascripto supplicante
            recorre a li piedi de vostra Illustrissima Signoria, supplicando quella per solita sua clementia, et benignità
            se degni concederli de gratia special chome á primo inuentore che niuno altro nel dominio de
            Vostra Signoria possi stampare canto figurado, ne intabuladure d’organo et de liuto per anni vintii
            ne anche possi portare, ne far portar ó vender dicte cosse in le terre et luogi de excelsa Vostra
            Signoria stampade fuora in qualunque altro luogo sotto pena de perdere dicte opere stampade per altri
            ouer portade de fuora et de pagare ducati x per chadauna opera: la qual pena sia applicata per
            la mita e l’ospedal del Sancto Antonio, et l’altra mita a la franceschano del monte nuouo et questo di-
            manda de gratia singular \a/ vostra illustrissima Signoria a la qual sempre se racommanda. /

                                                      1498. Die xxv. Maij

                                    Quod suprascripto supplicanti conceditur prout potit. /

                                                            Consiliarii

                                                Ser Marinus Leono.
                                                Ser Jeronimus Vendrameno.
                                          Ser Laurentius Venerio.
                                          Ser Dominicus Bollani.






Transcription by: Joanna Kostylo

    


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